My problem with my weight started after I had a severe case of Mono when I was in the third grade. I was in bed for 6 weeks and not allowed to exercise. All I could do was watch TV and eat. I was always an active kid after that time, playing basketball, softball, swimming, playing outside all day until dark in the summer, and other physically active things. However, the weight never came off and it continued to increase at an alarming rate. I remember doing Weight Watchers when I was in Elementary school with my grandmother.
By the time I reached High School, I was bordering on morbidly obese. My senior year, I decided I would try yet another diet and tried Nutrisystem. I did well as far as loosing over 50 pounds and was able to go to my Senior prom and prepare that summer for life in college away from home. When I went away to college, my weight came back on and increased through out college to the point where I was bordering on super morbidly obese by the time I graduated from college. This continued through my adult hood. I would try various diets and exercise routines and would never really get far. I did Weight Watchers again, fad diets, and at one point went on Jenny Craig. I seemed to have my most success on Jenny Craig but the food would get boring to me and expensive!
I was able to easily get pregnant with my two children even though I was super morbidly obese. I did not have a lot of complications with my pregnancy except for gestational diabetes with my second pregnancy but it was managed with diet and oral medication. I hit a point where it was getting harder to find clothing to wear to work and I couldn’t play with my children or clean the house. I knew that I had to do something.
I researched weight loss surgery options and I had known a few that had gastric bypass. They went through this major surgery and the weight loss process only to gain back a lot of their weight and for some, more than what they weighed prior to surgery. I knew that if I was going to do this, I wasn’t going to be one of those that gained it back. However, I knew myself and my tendency to not stick to something. I discovered the BPD/DS in my research. That is the biliopancreatic diversion with duedenal switch. This surgery is extreme as far as surgeries is concerned. It removes the majority of your stomach and then re-routes your intestines so that you only have about 3 feet in which to digest your food. Most people have about 18 feet in which to digest their food.
Leading up to the surgery, I was extremely nervous and scared. I was scared that due to my size and general poor health that I would die during surgery. Thank goodness I did not! I had my surgery on April 7th, 2010. I was in the hospital for two days and then discharged. I had a complication with nerve irritation between two of my incisions that made it hard to move. My chiropractor was able to calm that down with cold laser treatment. I also have had 3 additional surgeries related to the main surgery: appendix in June of 2010, 2 internal hernias in July of 2011, and Gallbladder removal in January of 2012.
In the first two months, I lost over 60 pounds and by August, I was down 100 pounds. That was less than 6 months and 100 pounds gone! I lost 200 pounds in 15 months. It was a wild and crazy ride. I had never been able to step on the scale daily and see it moving down by 1 to 3 pounds every day. It amazed me. I never thought that I would be at the weight I am today. I am able to clean the house (when the RA isn’t acting up), play with my children, climb the stairs without being winded, and fit in an airplane seat without a seatbelt extender. I have to say there were times in the journey of weight loss surgery that I had my doubts. I cried, was bummed out, and thought my life would never be normal again. However, after the first six months, that all changed and this new life got easier. It has been a positive detour in my life and I would do it again.